The paper analyzes Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929) through the lens of the theory of melancholy from Freud to Butler. Examining the dynamic relationship between Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry, two protagonists of Larsen’s novella, I attempt to demonstrate that under the surface of clearly expressed racial tensions, focused upon the dilemma of passing, there is a more deeply hidden problem - the one of gender identity and sexual desire.
"Still Seeking for Something": The Unspeakable (Loss) in "Passing" by Nella Larsen,"
Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women's & Gender Studies: Vol. 6:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cortland.edu/wagadu/vol6/iss1/8